Portion of Calhoun County Now Considered in ‘Moderate Drought’
If you think the summer of 2016 has been more hot and dry than normal, the US Drought Monitor agrees with you, placing Calhoun County and a significant portion of Lower Michigan in the 'moderate drought' category.
The designation was officially made on July 7 by the US Drought Monitor and includes Calhoun and Jackson County in a wide swatch of area under drought conditions that stretches to Saginaw Bay. The Detroit Metro and a portion of the Lake Michigan shore around Ludington are also experiencing drought conditions. An estimated 3.7 million Michiganders are under the drought.
A portion of Kalamazoo County is included in the less-severe 'abnormally dry' designation. Cass and St. Joseph Counties are the only two in the Lower Peninsula that don't carry any dry/drought conditions.